Microsoft To Enter The Tablet Market

  • Two versions of tablet
  • No release date announced
  • No pricing announced

Microsoft’s Surface is a new tablet that will allow Microsoft to use its operating system in one of the fastest growing sectors of the PC market.

The device has a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.

Its 3mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling users to touch type faster than with an on-screen keyboard, claims Microsoft. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later.

The casing of Surface is created using called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mould metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be moulded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.

Abuilt-in kickstand that lets users transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with little extra weight or thickness.

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